FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, voters stand in line to cast their ballots at P.S. 22, in the Prospect Heights neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. An effort by Democrats to implement broad reforms to the nation’s voting process has stalled in the U.S. Senate, but some states are moving forward to expand access through early voting, same-day voter registration and other measures ahead of 2020. The biggest success for voting rights advocates so far is New York, which had been one of a dozen states not offering some form of early voting. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Voter surge in 2018 prompts voting reforms, restrictions

June 01, 2019 - 8:58 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats made big gains in state legislatures last year and have been using that power to pass laws making it easier to register and to vote.

They have introduced early voting, all-mail voting and automatic registration.

A few Republican-led states are going in the opposite direction. They have advanced bills to tighten voter registration and early voting.

While some voting reforms such as automatic registration have drawn bipartisan support, Republicans generally have opposed same-day registration and mail-only voting.

Republicans say they are trying to combat voter fraud, but critics say they feel threatened by high turnout for Democratic candidates.

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